Shakespeare Odes – SOLD OUT

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Friday, 22 Apr 2016 7:30pm

Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon

This concert has now SOLD OUT – but you can still get tickets to experience it live in Birmingham, Hereford, Wolverhampton, London or Southwell, details here.


Ex Cathedra & Academy of Vocal Music
The City Musick
Jeffrey Skidmore
Samuel West David Garrick


Please note that this performance will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3; we therefore ask the audience to be seated by 7.20pm – we regret it may not be possible to admit latecomers until the interval. The church bells will ring from 6-7pm and from 7-7.20pm you can hear instrumental music from Shakespeare’s time performed live in the church.


Arne The Garrick Ode (reconstruction)
Beamish A Shakespeare Masque (text by Carol Ann Duffy – world première)


In 1769, the actor and impresario David Garrick organised a Shakespeare Jubilee in Stratford-upon-Avon. It began with a cannon firing at dawn. Young men sang under the windows of their sweethearts. There were country dances and horse-races. But the highlight was Garrick’s own specially written Shakespeare Ode with music by Thomas Arne (Rule Britannia).


Samuel West and Shakespeare small - credit Adam ScottTo mark Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary in April 2016, Ex Cathedra – in partnership with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Shakespeare Institute and in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company – will tour a semi-staged, period-instrument performance of the Garrick Ode.


And there will be a new Ode written by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and composed by Sally Beamish for Ex Cathedra, children’s choir and a ‘broken consort’ of instruments that Shakespeare would recognise.


There will be costumes, lighting and choreography, and the audience is invited to come dressed in Shakespearean costume (this is not obligatory!).


Read a Q&A with Sally Beamish and Jeffrey Skidmore.


I doubt this performance could ever be bettered‘ (Birmingham Post)


Our Shakespeare logoDon’t miss this centrepiece of the 2016 ‘Our Shakespeare’ celebrations.


£30 / £20 / £10
A £3 transaction fee, plus £1 (optional) postage, will be charged on all bookings except those made in person at the Town Hall and Symphony Hall Box Office.

To book, call the THSH box office on 0121 345 0603, complete and return the booking form in the brochure, or book online.


Save up to 25% simply by booking 3 or more concerts at the same time. Discounts will automatically be added online.  You can include additional tickets for anyone else attending with you during the priority booking period.


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